DIY Chalkboard Banner

I just love working on our wedding DIY projects, and have recently become obsessed with making banners. Well today I am sharing a super easy tutorial on how to create a DIY chalkboard banner using a chipboard journal. I purchased 2 packages of these cute chipboard journal cutouts at Michael’s for under $5 total! In fact, I think they were on sale and closer to $3 for both.


Here are the materials you will need to create your own chipboard chalkboard banner:

  • *(2) Chipboard Journals
  • Chalkboard Paint {spray paint or in the can}
  • Chalk
  • Twine

The number of chipboard journals you buy will actually depend on how long you want your banner to be. You could buy just one and write “love” on it, or buy 2 to spell out “Thank You”, or your wedding date {like I did in the photo above}, or buy 3 and spell out “love is sweet”.

The possibilities are endless and what I love most is you can erase the chalk and change the saying. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be wedding related! You can use this for any kind of party, or display it on your mantel with your favorite saying.


I found these in the rows of white, wire baskets that were filled with random items.

Step 1:

Paint the front of each chipboard piece {the smoother side}.


Step 2:

Once the paint is dry apply a second coat of paint if necessary.

Step 3:

Paint the back of the chipboard piece. This is optional but I decided to paint both sides of my chipboard.

Step 4:

Cover each piece with chalk and then erase it. I read this somewhere a couple months ago and now I can’t remember where or what the exact reason is :(   Anyone know? I have been doing it for all of my chalkboard projects and like the way they look so I just keep doing it :) Update: My super smart sister-in-law informed me that this “seasons” the chalkboard paint, so that your first drawing isn’t imprinted forever :)


Step 5:

Write whatever you would like onto your chipboard pieces using chalk.

Step 6:

Measure out how much twine you will need, thread it through the pre-made holes in the chipboard pieces, and tie a knot at the very end of each side so the chipboard won’t slide off.

That’s it! Here is my DIY chalkboard banner all finished! I plan to use it as a wedding photo prop as well as for decoration during the reception. What do you think?


This photo was taken when we were at the cabins 2 weeks ago. I forgot to take a photo of it by itself, but you can see the “love” wedding burlap banner I made above it.

Thanks for stopping by!

You may also be interested in my DIY burlap and lace wedding bunting post here.



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Hi! I'm Katie :) I love all things creative and especially enjoy DIY home, craft and furniture projects as well as decorating with upcycled finds. You can also visit me over at for DIY wedding inspiration. Let's inspire one another and get creative!

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  1. I love this SO much! I may have to use it when I show my macro work at art festivals.


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